Presents a literary companion and guide that describes the mistakes, epiphanies, and successes of a variety of writers, from Proust and Conrad to Stephen King and J.K. Rowling, each day of the year. - (Baker & Taylor)

An eight-time <i>Jeopardy!</i> champion presents a literary companion and guide that describes the mistakes, epiphanies and successes of a variety of writers, from Proust and Conrad to Stephen King and J.K. Rowling, each day of the year. 50,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

A literature-lover's almanac, of sorts, this highly entertaining collection of trivia and detail contains snippets, little-known facts, and stories from the various authors' lives (and deaths) for each day of the year. One may quibble with particular selections--influenced, doubtlessly, by the compilers' personal taste (he holds a doctorate in English, is a former editor at Amazon, and--perhaps more relevantly to the form and style of the book--is an eight-time Jeopardy! winner) but not the breadth of coverage. Birthdays and death dates are included (although, it seems, never for the same author), reading lists for each month, concentrating on books that reference it, or contain it as an integral part of their plots--and, of course, the heart of the book are the fragments themselves--stories, fictional and true, of the events that had happened on the day in question, in literature itself, or of authors' personal experiences. Browsing through the index of names is quite educational in itself--among many famous icons of literature one finds less-known but still excellent authors. In fact, the primary purpose of this book would be to introduce a person to the scale and scope of modern literature (primarily English language) and kindle their interest in it. Annotation ©2014 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR ( - (Book News)

At once a love letter to literature and a charming guide to the books most worth reading, A Reader's Book of Days features bite-size accounts of events in the lives of great authors for every day of the year. Here is Marcel Proust starting In Search of Lost Time and Virginia Woolf scribbling in the margin of her own writing, "Is it nonsense, or is it brilliance?" Fictional events that take place within beloved books are also included: the birth of Harry Potter’s enemy Draco Malfoy, the blood-soaked prom in Stephen King’s Carrie.A Reader's Book of Days is filled with memorable and surprising tales from the lives and works of Martin Amis, Jane Austen, James Baldwin, Roberto Bolano, the Brontë sisters, Junot Díaz, Philip K. Dick, Charles Dickens, Joan Didion, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Keats, Hilary Mantel, Haruki Murakami, Flannery O’Connor, Orhan Pamuk, George Plimpton, Marilynne Robinson, W. G. Sebald, Dr. Seuss, Zadie Smith, Susan Sontag, Hunter S. Thompson, Leo Tolstoy, David Foster Wallace, and many more. The book also notes the days on which famous authors were born and died; it includes lists of recommended reading for every month of the year as well as snippets from book reviews as they appeared across literary history; and throughout there are wry illustrations by acclaimed artist Joanna Neborsky.Brimming with nearly 2,000 stories, A Reader's Book of Days will have readers of every stripe reaching for their favorite books and discovering new ones. - (WW Norton)

A witty and addictively readable day-by-day literary companion. - (WW Norton)